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1800 W Memorial RdOklahoma City, OK 73134
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The best place ever!!! I have 2 dogs 1 female (the oldest) 1 male (the puppy) I had a vet in which I used for over 2 years for both of my dogs. My baby boy was acting weird for months and every time I called my "old" vet they told me it was growing pains and gave me pain pills. (now I know better) Pain pills for a puppy!!!! Something is very wrong. I came home at lunch and my 1 year old was on the floor paralyzed. I freaked out and called them and told them i needed help immediately.They told me unless I had all the money up front they were not going to touch him, they helped my older one give birth to him!!! So heartless!! As I called around I realized all of them were like this. I called Rockwell Pet clinic and they immediately asked for as much information as possible and told me to bring him in immediately. They never told me money first, like everywhere else. (i mean come on they will have my dog of course I have to pay you to get him back!!!!!) When we got there Dr McNeil immediately took a look at him and started him on medication and treatments. They called me to give me updates every day and allowed me to visit whenever i wanted (FYI I was there everyday and on weekends and with a smile and hello they let me invade their space). By day 2 my baby was diagnosed with Lymes Disease (yeah growing pains my left foot) and if you ask anyone when Lymes disease hits your nervous systems its pretty much won. Knowing this I look back and realize that Dr. McNeil and his staff knew this but never gave up they exerted all options and took such great care of him all while helping keep my spirits up. I spent a lot of time there and watched them treat all animals and people the same with their kindness and caring. They were the most amazing TEAM and i say TEAM because i mean it they all worked so well together to make sure my baby was well taken care of they sincerely spoiled us!! I will never go any where else they cared so much about my baby when they didn't know him or me. Now a days you walk into a vet office and you are treated like a number not to mention they hit your pocket books knowing that you pet is a family member. They were more interested in getting him to feel better than how much to charge. Also I felt like I left my baby in the hands of family members!! DON'T GO ANY WHERE ELSE YOU WILL REGRET IT NO VET OFFICE IS AS WELCOMING AND CARING AS ROCKWELL PET CLINIC!!!!!
I am extremely picky in choosing the best health care for my Great Danes. Awesome care has provided me and my Danes with exceptional service for many years. My last Dane lived to be almost 12 years old because of the superb treatment that she received at Awesome Care, and my 2 year old Dane has been receiving the same quality of treatment as well. I receive cards in the mail and phone calls when my pet is sick to check on my pet and remind me to bring her in for a final checkup after medications are given. I receive reminder cards for all the shots, preventative treatments and tests that pets need in order to keep them happy and healthy. I can call and speak to my pet's Vet and ask questions and get advice. During the several years of regular visits to this clinic, I have been very impressed by the thorough tests they perform to ensure that I make the best treatment decisions for my pets. For instance, today I took my Dane to Awesome Care for a swollen eye and red spots on her abdomen. Although Dr. Julieta was certain that it was a chemical reaction from my swimming pool water, she advised me to allow her to scrape some of the tissue from my Dane's abdomen to test it to make sure that there wasn't something else going on with my pet since she had gone to a Doggy camp last weekend to play with her doggie friends. She also tested her cornea for damage to make sure that it was in fact just an allergic reaction. Thank you Dr. Julieta! Dr. Julieta has a beautiful accent, but speaks clear and fluent English and is always very thorough with treatments and is always very kind and loving with my pets. THEY LOVE ALL THE VETS AT AWESOME CARE and they have such a positive experience every single time. I also want to add that the cleanliness, and professionalism at Awesome Care is superb every single time I visit! Thank you for giving my pets such "AWESOME CARE".
The prices are reasonable, they do not overcharge. My dog had a problem last year that nobody could figure out...Southside couldn't figure it out, and I also took her to Neel Veterinary. Each place ran all kinds of tests, but all came back negative. The staff at Southside really did all they could to help her, and what I really appreciated was that they didn't charge me for consecutive re-exams for the same illness. Most vets will charge you each and every time you have to take your pet in, but they just charged me for meds when I had to keep taking her back for the same problem. We did eventually solve the mystery; she was having bad reactions to the heartworm medicine she was on. We switched her to another one, and she's been fine ever since. I think they're great. It's not posh, it's not glam...but it's not dirty, (as I saw one post elude to) the building is just an older building, with older furniture, but the clinic and exam rooms are clean. They are first come, first serve. If you don't like waiting, get there first. If you have an emergency and they can't get you in, go to Neel. What you don't want to do, is take your pet to Banfield. Did that done that. They overcharge, and oversell everything. They're more interested in selling you pet insurance than the health of your pet....and your wallet. I'd also like to add that I took an injured dove to Southside once... a wild bird, not a pet, and though she told me they couldn't treat wild animals, I could see it tugging at her. She wanted to help it., but all she could do was hold it and make it comfortable while it expired, so that's what she did. Point is, I don't think they'd let an eight week old kitten, an animal they CAN help...die out in their waiting room as that one post stated. I don't believe that for a minute. Southside Dog Cat and Bird are good people.
Over the past several years I have used alot of veterinarians for my pets. Once i used awesome care, I never went back to any of the other places again. They provide a very high quality of care for pets and they always make sure they find out what the problem is, when other vets can't or don't know. I do know that they are highly qualified vets, and the staff is also great and friendly. Everytime I go there, the clinic is nice and clean, and smells as fresh as a breezy meadow! My pets don';t always respond well to vets, but when I take them to awesome care's clinmic they never get stressed out over going in. That is because they are treated so well by the staff and the docs there. The last time i took my pets there for their checkups the vet was awesome "like their name". She really helped me with everyting so well tha i didn't have to worry about anything. I won't keep going on and on with this review, but i would like to end by saying that it is about time we got a clinic like theirs in oklahoma city. especlly the south side. most south side clinics ouldn't compare to this one if they tried for a hundred years. too bad fro them. Anyway, i'm never switching to another pet clinic. ever. I apprecate all you do for muy pets, and i hope you stay in business for along time too because I don't know what my pets would do without you.' If there is anything you ould do to imporove your service it would be to have a bigger place so that more people could come thre with their dogs, and maybe you should start a day camp too. I would trust you with all my pets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by the way i will be coming in on wedsday to get my sunglasses i left there yesterday.
I just want to thank you, and let you know how pleased we are with the care our dogs have received when visiting your clinic! As a long time animal owner, I am very picky about where I take my animals for their health care. Each and every time we have been to your clinic, we have been greeted by a happy caring staffmember. They immediately make you feel right at home. I think it's wonderful that they do provide service in both English and Spanish, as Oklahoma has a large Hispanic population. The clinic is clean and sanitary, as are all the staff that I have come into contact with. When one of my dogs get sick, after visiting with Dr. Jaime Cowdrey, I always get a follow up phone call the very next day, to see how my dog is doing. My own "people" doctor doesn't even do that for me!! We have been part of a rescue organization for Husky and Alaskan Malamutes. Both doctors at this clinic were happy to work with us for these dogs, both on health, and pricing. We have had other vets in the past who may have been a tiny bit cheaper to go to, but let's face it, you get what you pay for. When my animals go to this clinic, I KNOW that they will receive the best of care, both medically, and compassionately. We would not even think of going to anyone else. I encourage both Dr. Julie, and Dr. Jaime to keep up the great work. It is such a relief to know that should my animals get sick or hurt, I can count on them to do everything in their power for them. God Bless Awesome Care!! Mom to furbabies: Jake, Rags, Munroe, and Maximillion
I have been going to dr Leighton for over 20 years starting with my childhood pet. He is the most caring vet I've ever had, I always ended up back in his office no matter how far I move because he is absolutely the most respectable vet in Oklahoma City. He never scared me by telling me things that weren't true, when other vet clinics were pretty much telling me my dog was gonna die if I didn't fork out $700 for immediate surgery.. He always rembered my dog and her name, and was very friendly. Prompt service and always had time to get me right in if needed. I want to thank him for everything he has done because he was the only vet that would help me instead of trying to rip me off. He rembered me when I was a little girl bringing my childhood dog in with my grandmother when I was 9 years old. It really means a lot when a business makes you feel like family. Btw my childhood dog was pregnant and a very small chihuahua, I believe he took her home with him to make sure she didn't have any complications throughout the night, she is 18 years old now. We really appreciated all he did, things are a little different now that he is in his 80s, I don't see mr Leighton every time I visit but his staff is great- they are just as caring and friendly as he was. I would recommend him to anyone in Okc. Don't blame your vet for things that are not in their control, things happen that are inevitable and nothing can stop it- not even a great veterinarian. people expect too much, this is a 5 star vet clinic- 5 star staff- with a 5 star willingness for people who need them.
Awesome Care Clinic has provided the best care for our "kids": 4 dogs including 2 lovable pit mixes. In fact, my husband and I live in Norman and make the trip to Awesome Care, and specifically to Dr. Cowdrey, because of the service we receive there - Dr. Cowdrey has even contacted us during a weekend to check on the status of one of our dogs after we took her home after a procedure. We've referred multiple friends and colleagues to Awesome Care. I read the reviews by mimimama and leximama below and strongly feel that this is one of those clients who expect their animals to be cared for (or their LIVES SAVED) at no charge and then get mad when they realize that's not the case - Awesome Care has very reasonable prices, and are in fact quite a bit lower than other clinics we've gone to before discovering them. We have never experienced a bad odor in the clinic - when you enter the cozy lobby, it doesn't smell like a vet clinic at all. The clinic is always clean, and the staff are friendly and caring. The comment regarding a language barrier is laughable - we have been going to Awesome Care for more than a year and have never experienced a language barrer with anyone there. Dr. Cowdrey does not speak any languages that we're aware of besides English, and Dr. Julie is bilingual and is able to assist both English- and Spanish-speaking patients. Awesome Care is a wonderful clinic, and we are so glad we found it!
Are you kidding me???!! I have lived in the okc area for over 25 years. Most of which I have owned dogs. I have been to many clinics in this area and Awesome care is the best. Two of my dogs have been thru surgery with both Dr. Julie and Dr. Cowdrey. They and their staff are compassionate both to myself and my pets. They have always been thorough in their testing before they come to a decision on what you shoud/can do for your pet. They offer options to you depending on how much you can or want to do. I hav ecompared prices with other clinics and found Awesome care to be right in line with the other top clinics in OKC. While I'm sure there are cheaper clinics in the area, you get what you pay for, and my pets deserve the best care I can give them. My dogs love to go there. The clinic is always very clean and quiet, not chaotic like many others. I have been all through the clinic when my dog was there recouping from surgery. The entire clinic is filled with the most up to date equipment they can offer and all pets are kept in clean cages. They also have a exercise yard with agility course. My neighbor also takes his pets to Awesome Care. I would recommend them to anyone that truely wants the best care for their pets and the kindest attitude for your concerns as their parents. I assure you everyone in the clinic speaks perfect english. Please go check them out and let me know what you think. Cindy
Dr. Julieta Gonzalez passed away August 1, 2011 after a valient fight with cancer. I am writing this review to dispel some of the viscious comments posted here. I suspect that those reviews were written and planted as a personal attack on Dr. Gonzalez because of some sick or twisted jealousy and I believe all were written by the same person. I say this because: I knew Dr. Gonzalez personally and can state with no hestitation that she was a saint to any animal she cared for. As an example, I have personally accompanied her to her clinic after hours and witnessed as she would comfort, cry and literally lie down beside sick animals and pray for them. I also know for a fact that money was never an issue for her and she took care of any animal brought to her clinic no matter if the patient had funds to pay or not. She would even take in anonymous, injured animals brought to her absorbing all costs associated with their treatment in rehabilitation. I have never known a more caring or knowledgeable veterinarian in my lifetime and doubt that I will ever meet another like her. Shame on you, whoever you are that wrote those lying reviews. I'll state my name here because I stand behind what I say. Robert Kent God bless you Dr. Julieta Gonzalez (RIP) and I take comfort knowing that God has another angel in heaven.
I’ve brought my dog and cat to Boyer's Veterinary Clinic for the past eight years and am very pleased with the service I have received. There are three veterinarians in the office and I have used all of them, although clients can request a specific doctor if they wish. They have ample appointments available and have always been able to get me an appointment for the same day when necessary. They have evening hours three days a week which makes it easier for me to schedule appointments after work. The doctors in this clinic are conservative and take the high cost of veterinary care into consideration when making recommendations for pet care. I appreciate this as I have been to other clinics that try to guilt clients into purchasing unnecessary and expensive treatments for their pets. All of the doctors are great, but I especially enjoy working with Dr. Bentley. She is very devoted to my dog and recently went to great lengths to find a diagnosis. She took time to speak with me and explain test results and the diagnosis in laymen’s terms and provided me with literature to read at home. I know she has both my dog’s and my best interest at heart and I feel confident in her abilities.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.